Policy RET3 Retail in Villages, Small Settlements and Local Centres
A proposal for retail development within a village, small settlement or local centre will be permitted provided:
it is to meet a local need and which helps to sustain local communities; and
it is keeping with the scale nature and design appropriate to the character of the settlement or centre.
All proposals must meet the General Policy and accord with other provisions of the LDP.
Justification and Amplification
Village and local centres perform an important role in serving the local day-to-day needs of people living in rural areas as well as providing a sense of community. Limited additional convenience shops may be acceptable where they serve a local community need. In small settlements, the presence of a small convenience shop, for example, can be a life line for local people who have limited or no access to transport. Our villages and small settlements act to support and sustain rural communities and indigenous industries, such as the agri-business base. In all cases, the scale, form and design of any proposed retail development shall be appropriate to the character and size of the settlement.